L. Wallach and M.A. Wallach (1994)argued that many hypotheses tested by social psychologists are either "near-tautologies" or derivable from "near-tautologies" and thus are of little interest. The authors of this article applaud their concern but find that their conclusions are based on flawed analyses and arguments. Their conceptualization of "near-tautology" is problematic. Their analysis is based on a misconceived notion of falsifiability and is inattentive to the social context within which scientific knowledge is accumulated. These problems undermine their efforts to offer a careful analysis of social psychological hypotheses. Most alarmingly, their flawed arguments imply a dangerously narrow prescription as to "what kinds of social psychology experiments are of value to perform.".
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Psychology
- Sociology and Political Science